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Periodic Table of Fashion

Periodic Table of Fashion

Just the thought of looking at the periodic table makes us cringe because of everything that has to be remembered. But thinking about how it has helped us know so much information by just looking at it, gives us some sense of relief. So, thinking about it that way, periodic tables aren’t a confusing problem—they’re a helpful problem-solver.

What if we make things interesting and give the periodic table a fashion-forward twist? Sounds crazy, right?

Well, we recently came across this really amazing periodic table by Sophie and Trey that every style enthusiast would love. The best part about this table is that it has everything you need to rid you from your everyday dressing woes, from color tones belonging from every category like jewel, neutral, bright and soft, to fashion articles to help you decide what goes well with what and how to accessorize your complete look. It’s more like your virtual closet that answers the most important question that you don’t normally get an easy answer for: “What should I wear today?”

Periodic table of fashion
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    With the help of this table, we decided to put you out of your sartorial misery and help you with deciding how you can dress yourself on a daily basis while keeping yourself connected with the trends. Well, they say you aren’t completely dressed until you wear the right accessories, so why don’t we see how these everyday outfits can be matched with the right accessories (by the way, they don’t actually say that, but you need accessories to complete your look along with smile, so why not).

    The essential fashion equation

    Yes, there’s an easy equation for this. If you have the essentials sorted, the rest is a piece of cake. You can pair your favorite top with your least favorite bottom, go with an all-black everything look and can also accessorize a rather casual outfit, making it look fancy. So, let’s give you the equation:

    Basic + Dressy + Fixer + Accessories   =  Your Wardrobe for Every day

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    Now that you have a clear equation, let’s work on unlocking this achievement of dressing up flawlessly every day without much effort.

    1. Begin with the basics

    Your basic section of the wardrobe is usually based on neutral colors and staples pieces. If you take a look at the table, a number of ideas to adorn your basic clothing needs will start popping in your head. A basic top in ivory, pencil skirt in charcoal grey accessorized with an ink blue pair of pointed toe heels and a satchel or messenger will make up for an effortless work look. If you are looking for a more exuberant look for your everyday needs, build your basic wardrobe with a mix of bright and neutral or bright and soft tones.

    What you’ll need

    • Basic tops and blouses
    • Sweat shirts
    • Tees
    • Pencil skirts
    • Maxi skirts
    • Culottes
    • Tailored pants
    • Cropped pants
    • A pair of dark washed and light washed jeans

    Trend alert

    Casual and minimal is actually the new black for this season. However, the rule has a stylish shift to it: the simpler the outfit, the dressier the accessories. However, for an everyday look, keep it subtle, without making anything look out of proportion. The table has all the right accessories for you to pick from. Keeping up with trends, the basic white button down is definitely a thing because the runways had them all, from shirts, dresses, to coats and jacket. The classic button down surely has elevated its way to the top.

    The pantone colors of this year: serenity and rose quartz can easily be integrated in your basic wardrobe because of their soothing yet versatile appeal. The colors can be worn both formally and casually.

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    2. Deal with dressy

    This is the category where you can be as creative as you want. You can get your hands on colors, prints, textures, patterns, shimmer or just about anything that can easily work as fancy or vivid. For your rather dressier looks, go with jewel and bright tone. If you really need to turn the colors down, then go for pairing them with soft tones. Tangerine, blood orange, cranberry and emerald green are colors that have a quintessential appeal to them and are just the right hues for night and evening wear.

    What you’ll need

    • Dresses
    • Skirts
    • Bold prints
    • Sequins
    • Fringes
    • Maxi Dresses
    • LBDs
    • LWDs
    • Skirts
    • Gowns
    • Slip dresses

    Trend alert

    There still is a love affair with the 70s going on in the fashion world. Designers for the season were particularly interested in incorporating the 90s and 70s with some modern alteration in their creations. Voluminous ruffles, Victorian and English floral prints, puffy sleeves, cropped details, fringed sequins, and the return of the slip dress all indicates that there is some serious 70s renaissance is happening.

    Make sure you have some romantic floral prints and dresses with bold stripes and solid color play hanging in your dressier section of the closet. Oh, and you may have not noticed but silk PJs with boisterous prints are now worn formally. So, if you really are going to go with the trends, choose the accessories and tones from the periodic table and invest in some glamorous silk PJs. A Spanish spin to prints and cuts was witnessed as a key trend on the runways; you can wear the trend through Spanish-looking prints in your dresses.

    For all the good reasons, off-the-shoulder outfits managed to stay in vogue for the season. So, if you catch your eyes on a ruffled off-the-shoulder top, get that!

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    3. Fix it up with the fixers

    The fixers are more like completers—the cherry on top. Don’t you always need a layer, a spring jacket, a cardigan or a belt to finish off the outfit details? Well, that’s what this little section of your wardrobe will be based on. You would not need much to add to this part but make sure you choose the right colors so that one fixer can work well with a number of outfits.

    What you’ll need

    • A light spring jacket
    • Simple pretty cardigan
    • Chunky belts
    • Scarves

    Trend Alert

    You will be surprised, but jackets and cardigans are still going strong in spring. In fact, they will be gracing the streets this year, more than ever. Why? Because that’s what we’re seeing in fashion shows and on runways. Jackets, sweatshirts, oversized hoodies will be all you need—yes, you can leave your pants at home. Pair them with knee-high boots and stockings to give your legs some cover. As for belts, they are the ultimate fixer and your friend in sartorial needs.

    4. Accessorize for perfection

    Your style equation is never complete without the right shoes, jewelry and bags. So, carefully plan this portion according to the table. You have a number of neutral and bright colors to pick your shoes and bags from. Take a look at the accessories in the periodic table, and you’ll know what you need for your day-to-day outfits.

    What you’ll need

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    • Bags
    • Clutches
    • Heels
    • Chunky sandals
    • Flats
    • Watch
    • Statement earrings and necklaces
    • Delicate ear studs and necklaces

    Trend Alert

    The trends in accessories are more or less the same; shoes get sequined embellishment stone details. However, the more chunky they are, the trendier. Thankfully, we’re still not being too hard on ourselves and going for more flats than heels. As for bags, invest in a chic half-moon bag and some bold colored bags with funky details. The jewelry has a standout element, but they are not heavy on the wearer, so you are free to wear those statement earrings and on a regular day; nothing’s better than a statement watch and delicate jewelry.

    Stay stylish divas, and get the table printed and pated on your wardrobe to minimize the struggle.

    Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette

    Featured photo credit: Sophie and Trey via sophieandtrey.com

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

    If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

    1. Create a Daily Plan

    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

    2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

    Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

    3. Use a Calendar

    Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

    I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

    Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

    4. Use an Organizer

    An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

    These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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    5. Know Your Deadlines

    When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

    But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

    6. Learn to Say “No”

    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

    7. Target to Be Early

    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

    8. Time Box Your Activities

    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

    You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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    9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

    Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

    10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

    You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

    11. Focus

    Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

    Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

    Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

    12. Block out Distractions

    What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

    13. Track Your Time Spent

    When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

    You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

    14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

    15. Prioritize

    Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    16. Delegate

    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

    When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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    17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

    For related work, batch them together.

    For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
    2. coaching
    3. workshop development
    4. business development
    5. administrative

    I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

    18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

    While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

    19. Cut off When You Need To

    The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

    Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

    20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

    Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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